Donation supports JA Kohl’s Education Center over three years
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Kohl’s
(NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of $1 million over three years to Junior
Achievement of Wisconsin (JA) for continuing support of the JA
Kohl’s Education Center. The donation comes from Kohl’s
philanthropic program, Kohl’s
Cares®, which sells children’s books and soft toys and donates 100
percent of the net profit to benefit children’s initiatives. The
additional funding allows JA to provide students in southeastern
Wisconsin with exceptional educational opportunities, including JA
BizTown® and JA
Finance Park® programming.
“Kohl’s is proud to partner with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and
encourages their innovative efforts to increase student success and
graduation rates,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate
communications. “The JA Kohl’s Education Center continues to be a
popular destination for Wisconsin schools and supports the development
of future business leaders.”
Ninety percent of students who visit the JA Kohl’s Education Center
attend schools from the metro district, a four-county area including
Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties. Students attending
schools within a 90-mile service range of the facility also participate.
The students range from 4th-6th grade for JA
BizTown and 7th-12th grade for JA Finance
Park. Over the next three years, funding from Kohl’s Cares will impact
60,000 area students and 12,000 adults (teachers/volunteers) involved
with the JA Kohl’s Education Center.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Kohl’s,” says Tim
Greinert, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s president. “This funding
will significantly enhance the learning applications offered to local
students through the JA Kohl’s Education Center. Engaging these students
early on in a meaningful and memorable way will help arm them with the
skills they need as adults.”
JA will also produce enhanced online training videos for teachers and
volunteers. The new training module will assist educators when working
with the students during the simulation portion of the programs hosted
at the JA Kohl’s Education Center. In addition to training improvements,
funding will support several new student activities for the JA Finance
Park program designed to enhance teen financial literacy skills.
An initial $3 million donation from Kohl’s Cares in 2010 allowed JA to
build the JA Kohl’s Education Center and provide Milwaukee’s students
with additional business, financial literacy and entrepreneurship
education. Since then, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have committed more than
$5.7 million to Junior Achievement.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more
than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and
empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing
national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping
experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and
via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has
raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through
its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s
Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental
initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares.
For a list of store locations and information, or for the added
convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.
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About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is dedicated to educating students about
work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through
experiential, hands-on programs. The organization prepares young people
for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively
manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and
apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 160,000 students
in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and
learn the value of contributing to their communities. To become
involved, please visit Wisconsin.ja.org or call (414) 577-3800.
JA BizTown: Created for fourth
through sixth grade, JA BizTown is a life-size “city” and interactive
program that involves student management of a simulated community and
its economy. This includes the operation of the community’s businesses,
services and government functions. Students operate the many facets of
their town, including producing and selling products and services,
earning income, shopping, lending, saving and enforcing laws. This
program includes a Kohl’s branded store where students act as consumers
and producers as part of their hands-on learning experience.
JA Finance Park: Created for seventh
through twelfth grade, JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation
for making intelligent, lifelong personal financial decisions through
classroom instruction followed by all-day participation in a simulated
community. The 19 pre-visit curriculum lessons include rigorous
activities and role playing exercises in personal finance including
budgeting, consumerism, credit, financial institutions, investing,
interest and taxes. In 2015, JA Finance Park programming moved to an
entirely-paperless, tablet-based curriculum.